NEW YORK (April 7, 2009)â€”Undefeated lightweight (155 lb. limit) sensation Billy Evangelista (9-0) will fight hard-hitting brawler and BJ Penn protÃ©gÃ© â€œIronâ€ Mike Aina (11-6-1) in the main event of the inaugural, newly titled SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers series from leading MMA promoter Strikeforce and premium television network SHOWTIME, on Friday, May 15 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
The SHOWTIME telecast will air live beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and feature up to five MMA fights including Kim â€œSugar Freeâ€ Couture (1-1), wife of MMA legend Randy â€œThe Naturalâ€ Couture, facing an opponent to be named.
SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers provides MMAâ€™s hottest prospects with the opportunity to perform at a high level of competition in a nationally televised event.
â€œThis is where the menâ€”and womenâ€”will be separated from the boys, so to speak,â€ said Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker. â€œThe growth and future of our sport just got a turbo injection. For regional fighters and up-and-coming men and women looking to test themselves against other top prospects and get on the fasttrack to stardome, SHO MMA: Strikeforce Challengers is the place to do it. I canâ€™t wait for this first event.â€